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   Hello Everyone,                                                                                                                                                         January 9, 2014

In this Issue:


  1. Attention Race Event Directors
  2. Couple Set World Running Record
  3. Real Life Super Hero (Jamie's Progress)
  4. Upcoming Local Events - Walden Cross Country Events + Sofie Manarin Nickel Loppet
  5. Running Room Update -
  6. Track North News - Results - Sharon Anderson & Guelph New Year's Opener



Attention Race Event Directors


If you are putting on an event in 2013, it's time to get things together now. Check out my Events calendar to be sure you are there and your race information is up to date.

If you already know the date, then post that information now. The sooner people are aware the more chance they'll enter your event.

If you are planning on putting your event online (Running Room, Events Online, Zone4...) do it now - even if your event is later in the year. Using an online service increases your exposure by a wide margin.

If there are logistical issues to be taken care of do them now. Things like venue rentals, parade permits, any course issues etc. need to be dealt with long before run day.

If anyone requires any assistance or have any questions, please let me know.

Take care and good luck with your events,

Vince vtperdue@cyberbeach.net




Couple in their 60s set world record after running a marathon every day for a whole year
Reprint Jonathan Pearlman, The Telegraph | January 1, 2014

Submitted by Sheila Mendes



A couple in their 60s have finished running a marathon each day, every day, for the past year. The pair ate up to 30 bananas each a day as they completed a trek of almost 16,000 kilometres around Australia.The couple, both raw vegans from New Zealand, ended their journey with an extra marathon to their home in Melbourne at 5 a.m. on New Year’s Day to set the world record.

You don’t stop doing something that works. Janette Murray-Wakelin, 64, and Alan Murray, 68, rose at 4 a.m. each day and ran 366 consecutive marathons with no days off. Ms. Murray-Wakelin said she was looking forward to a break and planned to sleep in, do some gardening and spend time with her grandchildren — and then go running the next day. “You don’t stop doing something that works,” she told Fairfax Media.

During the run, the couple skirted a cyclone, floods, a bushfire and a hail storm near Perth, during which they took a half-hour break and drank a vegetable smoothie before continuing through the heavy weather. Janette Murray-Wakelin and Alan Murray ate up to 30 bananas each a day as they completed a trek of almost 16,000 kilometres around Australia. The couple, both raw vegans from New Zealand, ended their journey with an extra marathon to their home in Melbourne at 5 a.m. on New Year's Day to set the world record. .Ms. Murray-Wakelin missed the birth of her fifth grandchild in June, but was running in south Queensland when a motorcycle rider called out her name and revealed he was a cousin she had not seen in 45 years. He apparently said “Good to see ya” before rushing off to work.

The couple’s standard day involved eating 10 bananas, a grapefruit, and a date smoothie for breakfast, then another 10 bananas at 8 a.m., a green smoothie at 9 a.m., a fruit salad at the 19-mile mark, three oranges at the 23-mile mark, before finishing at 4 p.m. and eating an avocado, vegetable juice and a salad for dinner.




Real Life Super Hero (Jamie's Progress)


        Jamie McDonald writes:

January 1, 2014

New Year’s Eve nightmare turned into sweet relief Wednesday for a British man who has spent the last nine months running across Canada for charity, after his bag containing hours of footage from his journey was stolen in a vicious robbery and later returned to police.
Jamie McDonald, from Gloucester, England, started his New Year’s Eve at an Earls restaurant in downtown Banff, Alta. After dinner, McDonald says he and a few friends left for a party at a nearby hotel. McDonald says that, as he was leaving the party, three men popped out of another room, jumped him, and then pulled him inside where they beat him up.
McDonald, who reported the incident to police, says he suffered some scratches and bruises, but was more concerned about the bag he left behind in the room as he escaped his attackers. The bag McDonald left behind in the hotel room contained his money and his credit cards. But more importantly, he said, it had his video camera inside that has hours of footage and photographs from his incredible journey.
“The bag means everything to me … I’m documenting the journey,” he said. “So I’m hoping the inspiration and the fundraising continues even when this journey is finished.”
Later on Wednesday, however, McDonald’s fortunes took a turn when a stranger dropped the bag off at the Banff RCMP detachment. He told CTV Calgary it was a moment of relief and happiness, but also an “experience I'm probably going to try and forget.”
McDonald says he can now focus on the last 850 km of his journey, arguably the toughest and most dangerous stretch as he will have to navigate the Rocky Mountains.
And despite suffering from chronic tendonitis, getting only five hours of sleep per night -- and now some cuts and bruises from his attackers -- the determination of this self-described “fundraising adventurer” hasn’t waned.
“I feel like I’ve come so far … I have to finish it. I have to make it,” he said. "We need to remind ourselves that these incidents happen and it's a blip in the ocean to actually how the world is and how amazing this country is.”
With a report from CTV Calgary’s Kathy Le and files from The Canadian Press

Read more: http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/cross-canada-fundraiser-s-bag-camera-returned-after-new-year-s-eve-robbery-1.1614636#ixzz2pMslZGUr


      January 3, 2014

Here's a news clip from Global Calgary, it shows how amazing the city of Banff have been during this difficult time. The Fairmont Banff Springs put me up in their castle for the night and I'd also like to add which isn't on the news clip, that Earls Banff restaurant (which had NOTHING to do with the incident) have been incredibly supportive, too. All in all, the city of Banff have been absolutely amazing (including the police), and have supported me in anyway they can, it's a wonderful place, I would come back here to visit, in a Flash. Here's the two minute video:



January 3, 2014 Leaving Banff

Jan 4 Looks like it snowed last night, anyone know what the hwy is like? On the plus side, my neighbours left some beers

Jan 4 Castle Mountain on 1A

Jan 4 1A to Lake Louise 181 marathons done, had 3 runners helping push Caesar, on a very difficult, scenic, snowy road. 19 marathons to go

Jan 5 Leaving Lake Louise

Just crossed the border, #Alberta to #BritishColumbia, total surprise. Eight provinces down, final one to go! Corinne and I are smashing the Rockies

Jan 5 182nd marathon complete into the town of Field, after a 400m, spectacular "leg burner" decent - 18 marathons to go!

Jan 6 Spent the last 15hrs at 'Bugling Elk Guesthouse' with the fire place burning, this is going to be difficult to leave

Jan 6 About to tackle marathon 183, Leaving the guesthouse, I seen this.

Jan 6 Leaving the town of Field, a teacher, spontaneously shouted me in to chat with her school of 8 kids

Jan 6 Hwy 1 12 miles in, slightly cold at -15C, but still descending, with awesome views:

Jan 6 Made it to the chalet, way further than I expected. All that matters, is that another day, is most certainly down

Jan 6 Invited back to a woofing farm, to eat the workers left over dinner, not complaining, not one bit

Jan 8 BBC NEWS: And here's @MrJamieMcDonald & his view of Canada's Rockies when we spoke to him this morning.Catch his story tomorrow



Jan 8 Motivational talk in Lady Grey School Golden, included kids running on the spot to prove movement makes us happy, big smiles.

Jan 8 Had dinner with the #Golden BC mayor, Christina Benty, in the highest restaurant of North America, @KickingHorseMtn


3rd January 2014, leaving Banff.

Making the decision to leave Banff, was a difficult one, after spending nearly 24 hours doing Skype and telephone interviews with media, I felt this huge pressure as my story was going out to millions of people. The only release from it, would be to do what I was supposed to be doing, running.

Although phone calls were coming in, more emails, more interviews, I had to put it to the side and get out there, even after a big storm had hit. I was uncertain if the highway was clear from snow, but I went for it anyway.

A very late start leaving Banff at 2pm - it was very surreal and the first time I seen the after effect of the media attention. Within minutes of running through the town, Leigh Clark stopped me with his two children to say "I'm really sorry to hear what happened, I feel kind of ashamed as a Canadian to think this happened." One of his kids walked over with a donation and handed me a $20bill. I replied with something along the lines of “thank you, that's really nice of you, honestly, there is no need to be ashamed though. My whole journey has shown me how amazing Canada is, despite the struggle of the run. I've been helped thousands of times through this country, by so many people. It’s a shame that of those thousands of interactions, it’s one bad incident that causes things to blow up. The world as we know it through the media isn't often how the world truly is, it's such a shame the good stories don’t get as much attention. I just hope people got my message that how I perceive Canada and the world hasn't changed in the slightest and no one else's should, either.”

Running through the heart of the town, all the people in the street of Banff, were shouting"good luck" and "we wish you well" and many were coming over to donate. I couldn't believe the reaction, for me this was reassurance, it told me everything I needed to know.

Once the distraction of the people had gone and I was heading to the highway, my bruised hip was causing me quite a lot of discomfort. When I was punched New Year’s Eve night, in the head, I took a fall and landed on the hard, tiled floor. Despite the pain, it isn’t going to stop me. It's just adding to all the other injuries I already have, so I'll keep embracing the pain which seems to be helping, almost fuelling me.

Hitting the highway I was happy to see the snow ploughs were out, clearing the hard shoulder. Usually there are toots from the cars, (which I think wearing a Flash outfit seems to cause a reaction) but this time was different. People were hanging their heads out of the cars, shouting "you can do it" and "keep going." I was choking up, I felt support like nothing before.

A few miles in, Martha Birkett pulled over to wish me well for the remainder of my journey. Martha has been following me since Calgary. She's definitely a caring Momma Bear and has been a huge help in the fundraising department. Martha rode a horse across Canada a few years ago, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for children too, so she’s using her experience and making a huge impact in raising funds for the children's hospitals that I am raising money or. Now I'm getting too far away from her, too far for Martha to drive out and see me, we had ourselves a proper goodbye.

Although my hip being sore, having had a couple of days off my legs were fresh and I was running strongly, the knots of pressure were easing with every mile, it felt great to be back on the road.

With the running late start, before I knew it, the sun disappeared behind the mountains, I knew I had to run through the night if I was going to make it to "Mountain Castle Chalets", where a bed awaited - it was either that or digging a snow cave. I feared running through darkness, for some reason I felt more daunted, especially in the mountains. I attached my red, Flashing boobies around my chest to light myself up like a Christmas tree. It was enough for cars to notice, many cars of them stopped to see if was alright.

My legs were handling the gradual incline well, even pushing Caesar - I kept telling myself "I'm running through the mountains, not up them." Miles went by quickly, my brain was still racing from the most surreal 48 hours of my life.

At 7pm, Bill Keeling pulled in to give me some natural power bars, with 13 miles under my belt and seven more to go, with more inclines to climb, I ate five of them. The energy boost got me through another 5 miles until it started to snow, quite heavily.

As the snow began to fall, I knew this was the problem of the Rockies that could be most dangerous. In the space of minutes the hard shoulder had a layering of snow which made it difficult to run on and push Caesar. I've been give snow grips to attach on the bottom of my shoes, I tried to put them on but because I haven't used them before, I couldn't attach them on, especially with only a tiny light, coming from the head torch. I decided to "crack on", quickly - I knew I was close.

Racing uphill, slipping from time to time, I still managed, with my fairly fresh legs, to power on through to the turn off to Castle Mountain. Although the last kilometre was off the highway and hadn't been ploughed - I lent all my weight into Caesar - and used all my upper body strength to push through the thick now, to finally make it to the chalet.

I spent the night, in a beautiful cabin having never stayed in one before, doing all my necessary strength and conditioning exercises, yoga and self massage therapy with a stick before retiring to bed.

The first thought on my brain when I woke up was "how much did it snow last night, can I run?" Half asleep, I walked over to open the front door, Caesar was white, covered in snow inches thick. On top of Caesar, sat two Budweiser’s, with a note that read:

"Good morning! We hope your run goes smoothly and you stay safe for your last jaunt. Been following you in the news and was heartbroken when we heard of our recent troubles. Please have a couple of beers, as a gesture of GOOD, Canadian Hospitality! Sincerely, your neighbours in cabin 12. Cheers!"

After yesterday’s incredible, vocal support, donations of over $400 and the two beers placed on Caesar, I’m feeling more confident than ever.

Here's a "catch up" blog, bigger than usual because I'm so behind with it all - running from the Stoney Nakoda Resort Casino, to Banff. If you have 20 minutes spare, read on.

Entering the Rocky Mountains with Crazy Larry.

In the lobby, was who I thought it would be, CRAZY Larry, with his bicycle - waiting to spend sometime with me. Larry doesn't have a home, he cycles around in a 300km area and allows people from the goodness of their heart to help him out, he's a local legend, a little bonkers. He greeted me (like he did the other day) with a double hi-five and big hug, "Jamie, you're my Christmas present, I can't wait to spend sometime with you." He then walked around in the busy hotel lobby with his video camera on, in front of lots of people, shouting "this is THE Jamie McDonald, he's insane, I am with him, YES - do you know who this guy is???!!!" I quickly realized Larry was over the edge and never coming back again, I couldn't quite grasp what he was all about. I'm not going to lie, I was anxious about my run with him, his name was "crazy" Larry for a reason.

We tackled the first 10 metres being blown to bits, the wind was gusting to 80kmh in our face, but it didn't seem to dampen crazy Larry's spirits, "MAN, I've never been in winds like this before, I feel alive!" He then went into a laughing frenzy, like he wouldn't want it any other way. He reminded me of kids in the wind, the way children go slightly potty. As we continued to climb the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, we were almost at a stand still, crawling at 2km per hour, slower than a snail. Larry now had his butt on his handle bars so his feet could touch the ground to keep him balanced, in the space of an hour he nearly fell off his bike fifty times, at least. Using his feet on the ground he managed to edge in front of me to try and break the wind, I really liked the gesture.

After many kilometres being ticked off our list, slowly - we had a huge surprise - Julie Jenkins and her son Ryder. Julie (the fundraising extraordinaire) who's raised over $18,000 for the Alberta's Children's Hospital, was very sick when I left her town of Brooks and she didn't get a chance to give me a proper goodbye, so here she was. Julie's mother instincts were working over time the minute we met "do you want some food? I have meat. Are you thirsty? I have coconut water. Where are you staying tonight? Let me sort that out."

Another car turned up, it was Robin Melling from the British Army Training Unit in Suffield (where I had my survival training a month ago to prepare for the Rockies). I couldn't believe it was Robin, out of all of the Army officers Robin was the person that sternly said "the only advice I can give is DON'T RUN THE ROCKIES THIS TIME OF YEAR. Seriously, I would recommend that you come back again in the summer. I'll say it again Jamie, DON'T DO IT." Now a month later, Robin was now by my side, in his running gear, saying "I still think you are absolutely mad but can I run with you?" I replied "of course you can." I introduced him to my new partner in crime, crazy Larry. I could see Robin was trying to measure up Larry, like most people when they first meet him. After the meet and greet, we were off once again into the mind blowing headwind.

A few more kilometres went down, inch by inch and I noticed that the Mountains around us were high, I was told that I wasn't in the Mountains until Banff so I didn't give it a second thought. Then crazy Larry went into a full on commentary "Jamie McDonald... You are officially in the Rocky Mountains, you've made it! Say hello my friend because the Mountains are saying hello to you!!!" I really enjoyed my introduction to the Rockies and Larry was softening my heart the more time I spent with him.

The three of us battled into the wind, on a steep incline through the valley of the Rockies. It was acting like a turbine, channeling all of its power, condensed, into a narrow valley. Robin and I took it in turns to run with Caesar, although quite a fews times Robin would refuse my turn "don't worry, use my energy while I'm here." Honestly, jokes a side, pushing a 65kg baby stroller uphill into a 80kmh headwind, simply, makes you blow carbon dioxide out of your ass - even if you had the endurance of Mo Farah and strength of Hulk Hogen.

Robin and I were giving it everything we had, and so was Larry. Through the hellish wind, crazy Larry started singing, quite rhythmically but also quite manically "Ain't nothin' gonna to break my stride. Nobody's gonna slow me down, oh-no, I got to keep on movin'. Ain't nothin' gonna break my stride..." Well, Larry just rustled up a emotions in Robin and I, before we knew it we were all singing are absolute hearts out "Nobody's gonna slow me down, oh-no...." At one point Robin started to use his hands like he was swimming through the wind. Larry had now broken Robin's skepticism down too, all of our hearts were warm.

I couldn't help but think, one guy dressed as Flash, the second in luminous biking gear and the third guy dressed all in black like an under cover agent - all singing and dancing down one of the most busiest highways I've ever been on was as crazy as crazy Larry.

At kilometre 13, after our little parade, we were joined by another runner Leslie Gerein, this adventurous girl hiked from the Canadian border to the Mexican border, through mountains covering 2650 miles, absolutely solo. By now I could tell Robin was really sick of pushing Caesar, so Leslie got behind him with fresh legs and pushed him like she's done it for years.

Julie turned up to give her goodbye and to tell me that she'd arranged a spot in Dead Man's Flat, Copperstone Resort. So we all continued on like troopers, well kind of. When Leslie started to go into her adventure stories she said, "I found it so hard to communicate with people from pure exhaustion, during my hike and after. And then you blog, you video and keep on top of everything, how do you do it Jamie?" I was right at the silent, exhausted stage when she asked the question but I still forced out a few words "I think people are more understanding, people get that I can't sometimes speak, at least I hope they do. As for the blogging, twitter, youtube, website, emailing, phone calls, media, I'm not keeping on top of everything, I'm now at the stage where it's impossible - but I am learning to cope with it." I then went back into my silence and listened to the people I was with chat away, while I plodded away with them.

We eventually made it with the resort in eyes view, 1km away - once in view I was back to chatting, knowing I had made it. Robin's wife Charlotte and two children Harry and Ben (with their Rugby England hats on) found us to run the last kilometre. Suddenly the smiles were everywhere as we arrived at the resort, crazy Larry gave some hip, hip hoorays with everyone joining in.

After the usual five hour sleep, I went to leave the Copperstone Resort at Deadman's Flats and low and behold, there was Crazy Larry in the lobby with his huge massive grin and wide eyes waiting for me. "Are you ready?" He said it like I was the next contestant on the Price is Right. We hit the road and started heading towards Canmore. The surrounding ice capped mountains were spectacular, it was hard to digest the magnitude of them, this helped the run fly by! I also think it was because Larry was quite chatty, "quite". He would talk...and talk...and talk some more, and then talk a little more. To mix up the chatting, he turned it into singing, Larry started playing music - "Isn't she lovely..." whilst nodding his head exactly like Stevie Wonder. Not quite the peppy running music needed, but none the less, we both sung our hearts out. We sung to such a ridiculous state that we had no choice but to burst into laughter, the kind of double-over, gut wrenching, stitch in your side kind of laugh. I laughed so hard, I had to stop running, I totally lost my breath. When I hang out with Larry, time zips by - I completely lose myself in the moment with him, as the saying goes "two peas in a pod".

As we started our way into Canmore, we were joined by Mandi (a familiar face from Red Cliffe). She was joining us for our last 4km into town. Soon as we ran into the outskirts of town, horns started blaring and there were all sorts of people out on the streets waving. One British Lady, English Sally came out, tearing up and said "I've been following you for months", and then gave me a ginormous hug before we had to race off. Larry reminded me to take it all in and be aware of the buzz that Canmore was offering, even though it felt like one big race, Flash time. We met up with a man Larry knew from Mountain Radio and he said I had to meet this fellow, Rob Murray. He had interviewed me prior so it was great to be able to thank him for the coverage. I went in, quickly shook his hand as I thought to myself, how this all seemed like a dream, my head was racing. After we left Rob, we headed over to Tracy Laval from Energetic Body Work who was prepared to treat me with a massage. I was lying on the bed ready, but my mind was spinning a million miles a minute thinking about the buzz of the town. I kept asking Tracy a thousand questions which triggered her to realize that I was needing to unwind. She would answer with one word answers and say "Jamie, just do what you have to do to zone out and think about you." We finished up the massage and I found myself chilled, Bob Marley style.

Now heading over to Communitea Cafe for a delicious spot of lunch, Crazy Larry was standing in the middle of a crowd before I got there. There I found myself bumping into Clara Hughes who's a six time Olympic medalist in cycling and speed skating. Larry had gathered all sorts of people to cheer and applaud me as I walked into the restaurant. With all the buzz Larry had created outside the cafe (and in), we were unable to have a chance for a proper chat. I later found out that Clara sent out a lovely tweet that read "just had a chance to say hi to a wonderful human being @MrJamieMcDonald in Canmore.. he's run all the way from Newfoundland! I think he makes people smile wherever he goes. Canada is lucky to have him travel our land!" Being tweeted by an amazing Olympic Medalist, was so touching.

As I entered the cafe, I was warmly greeted by Marnie and her little superhero fella, who was wearing a cape, just like me. He had spent quite a lot of time in Alberta Children's Hospital. He was at the age were he only knew a few words, enough though that when his Mum pulled out the camera to take a photo of the pair of us, he squeezed out through his baby teeth "cheeeeese."

As I was devouring my pad thai, some kids came over to say hi. There were three girls, so I thought I'd give a little mention "did you know, that no girl has ever ran across Canada before? Their faces all lit up, they were all looking at each other, as their brains were digesting the information. Let's hope we see this in the near future... I think it would be awesome for Canada.

Larry and I continued on, heading towards Banff for New Years Eve, we had a very special runner who joined us, Colin Harris (who ran across Canada a few years ago) whilst promoting "Take Me Outside". During his run, he visited schools along the way, telling children to stop staring at screens and to get outside, brilliant message. It really made me smile when Colin told me all about his journey, he had a support vehicle for the journey apart from two of the months - he had to park up, run and then hitch hike back to his vehicle, pure determination. Colin definitely has a bit of "Ain't nothin' gonna to break my stride...."

When I asked Colin what was one of the most emotional times in the journey, he replied "when my Dad came out to be a support vehicle for two weeks. The first day I ran with my Dad driving, I covered 50km and my Dad got out of the car to say 'Colin, I know you're writing about this and telling people about this, but know one can understand what you're going through, nobody'. And then my Dad began to cry, it was a seriously proud moment on both sides." I knew exactly what Colin's Dad meant, you have to run across Canada to feel exactly what the hardship is all about - this also made me think about my Dad coming to the finish, and I just can't wait. Larry cycled in between us with his massive smile, shouting at the top of his voice "CAN YOU FEEL THE LOVE, CAN YOU FEEL IT, I'M FEELING THE LOVE!"

With New Years Eve nearing, the three of us were all on cloud nine running towards Banff. When we all departed I had to chat with Larry explaining that it was time for me to go back solo once I leave Banff. I think Larry would have cycled, all the way to Vancouver and then probably got on the flight to go back home to England with me. It was a sad time because for three consecutive days by my side - I've gradually come to love his huge moustache, big heart and his "happy go lucky" personality. He's helped me conquer a part of the Rocky Mountains, by Larry being Larry - CRAZY.

As tough as it was to say goodbye, this journey is about meeting new people and allowing others in.

There's only one crazy Larry.

Jan 8 At 8033ft, here's a sign right outside the restaurant (on @KickingHorseMtn), it kind of freaked me out.



4th January 2014

Here's a blog from Scott Ball:

Before heading to bed, all I wanted was for the weather to be perfect, so I could drive out and run with Jamie Mc Donald - "perfect", in Canada, yeah right?

In the morning, I checked out the bedroom window and the weather was horrendous, blowing and snowing. Witnessing snow and drifts I didn't even know if we could get the truck off our driveway, let alone drive out to see Jamie, and then of course, run with him - I thought, I'll never get to run with Jamie.

I turned on the truck for warmth, before loading the truck with my awesome wife (Corinne) and the kids. Even though the engine was running, I couldn't help but think - I'll never run with Jamie.

Driving through the Rockies, with really bad road conditions, felt quite dangerous. Just after turning on to highway 1A, the road was snow covered and was definitely not ideal for running - I thought once again, I'll never run with Jamie.

As we were pulling up to Castle Junction, my eye caught a glimpse of Caesar and I thought to myself 'do I really WANT to run with Jamie??'

Caesar looked like he'd had a VERY good Christmas (I pushed Caesar a few weeks ago in Strathmore) and he looked way fatter than I remembered. Caesar looked like he ATE a entire, other baby stroller!

As we got out of the truck, I looked around and saw two other runners standing by their car and Jamie was nowhere to be found, the question popped up in my head 'maybe Jamie's not running today?' As I walked up to the little store, I could see Jamie all suited up 'Flash style', and ready to go, now I thought to myself 'LET'S DO THIS!!!'

I opened the door and Jamie recognized Corinne and I (we hoped he would like our surprise visit) after having had the pleasure of running with him once before and spending a super fun evening at the Flames game, eating meat, drinking beer and watching the Flames win.

Jamie thought we were crazy for just randomly driving 220km just to see him (and we kind of might be). After giving Jamie a big hug, it fuelled the fire.

I ran to my truck, ripped my clothes off and changed outside, in the snow, at -16C. The adrenaline had already started to pump through my veins. After being introduced to the other two runners, Brent and Perry, Jamie went to start to push Caesar - but we all agreed that if Jamie could run all this way from Newfoundland, the least we could do is give him a day off of pushing. We ran not even 10 feet and stopped with a decision to make; about which highway to take. Two choices (1) Highway 1, with all the traffic whizzing by on the icy roads or (2) 1A- which was snow covered and more hills - both fantastic choices, clearly. We figured 'what the hell, you only live once, let's go for the more adventurous way!' We took the snowy, less travelled road. So after a few energizing words like 'Holy F#@$ it's cold!' we were off.

We knew we took the right route, immediately - the run was so beautiful. The sky was grey, a flutter of snow in the air and all the trees covered in snow, made it look like something from a postcard. The way the snow was in the air, it made everything quiet, and all you could hear was Caesar's wheels rolling through the snow, as well as the crunches of the foot steps. And then of course, everyone doing their little sniffles through their nose, like all Canadians do, in the middle of the winter.

We ran for maybe an hour before two girls drove by in a black SUV, they waved and passed us by. A few minutes later they were behind us. We stopped and they asked Jamie for a photo. It was an eye-opener because way out in the middle of nowhere these two girls recognized him as they were passing by us, so quickly. Maybe its the Flash outfit, or his rugged good looks (ok, Jamie told me to write that). Either way, I could tell they were very touched by what Jamie was doing.

We carried on to Bakers Creek, where chalets were situated - 14km's into our run. We stopped in for a little warm up by the fire and a glass of hot water. Jamie was staving so he scarfed down MEAT, apparently that's the golden recipe for his run. Also, the very posh chalet, offered a room, plus a jacuzzi, with all expenses paid for Jamie. I knew it was a hard decision for him to make, but he said "I have more kilometres left in the tank, I want to use them, it's not very often I feel like this." Maybe he felt strong or maybe he's just one determined man, that chalet was incredible.

We put our warm clothes back on and set off towards Lake Louise, with 13km's left. It was getting later in the afternoon and after some meaningless conversation about who knows what (beer, girls, and food...lots of food) another SUV stopped by - and two men jumped out, handing Jamie a handful of money, over $100. And said "we're sorry to hear about what happened to you, we seen you in the news. Best of luck for the remainder of your journey!" This, hands down, made me think how amazing people are. Minutes later, another truck drove by, a guy put his arm out of the window and hands Jamie a $100 bill. We all ran on saying to each other "how AWESOME is this?" Watching people be so generous, towards Jamie and his cause - makes me want to be a better person and do something as monumental, like him.

As the sunset, we had one last, long, steep hill and I got the feeling all of us was starting to fade. Brent, Perry and I took turns pushing Caesar up the hill, at times needing two of us to push together. Perry at this point had ran his furthest ever run, at 25km's. All he kept saying was "Jamie, I have no idea how you do this all day, everyday, and push your Father Christmas friend, Caesar." After a final, exhausting push, we made it to the top!!

We ran another few kilometres, thankfully downhill into Lake Louise. Jamie and I took our picture in front of the Lake Louise sign, and now that I look at it, it gives me a such a sense of accomplishment. To be able to tell my friends, that I had a tiny part in helping Jamie McDonald, RUN across Canada, makes me feel like I've done something truly great. I'm glad to say that I've made a life-long friend and I can't wait for our paths to cross again - oh ya, I ran with Jamie!!"

January 7

183rd marathon & another balmy day of -20C. The end is near, just need to run over the Rockies . In the heart of the 10 mile downhill, heading to Golden. Legs are burning, better than going uphill though, I suppose. 6 miles to go...

So, the "10 mile downhill" sign, should have (were lying to you) on it - just finished a big, steep, monster climb. 3 miles to go...

Done, marathon 183 ticked off the box, dangerously no hard shoulder & steep climbs. Can't believe I'm actually doing it, 17 more to go. Arrived in Golden B.C. Staying in the lovely, jubbly @DaysInnGolden, for two nights - catching up on blogging, treatment for the foot (hopefully) & fundraising.

Follow Jamie though the links below

https://www.facebook.com/jamiemcdonald.org                       http://www.jamiemcdonald.org/

https://mobile.twitter.com/MrJamieMcDonald                   http://jamie.t24solo.com/     

Some photos from Sudbury in early August to the west

We will continue to track Jamie weekly as he makes his way to the Pacific

As of  Wednesday January 8 Jamie is in Golden British Columbia




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January 19, 2014

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Sunday, January 19th: Sofie Manarin Nickel Loppet – This is the first event of the year in the Sudbury Fitness Challenge. Registration is now open online http://new.zone4.ca/ . We look forward to seeing you at this great event for both recreational and competitive skiers of all ages. Registration closes January 17th at 9:00 pm







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Hello Sudbury!

Hello Sudbury!

A big shout out to all those who came out for the Resolution Run last Wednesday and braved the friggid temperatures. Congrats to John Bolan who finished 1st with a time of just over 19 minutes.

Join us February 16th for the Hypothermic Half Marathon, Finishers receive a very cool metal and the registration fee includes a brunch ticket for after the race and a very nice hat and glove set.

Don't let the cold weather deter you from running outside this winter, the trick is to layer. Come check out what we have and we will help you address all your winter running needs.

Andrew, Davey and the Sudbury crew.

Training Program News

We have FREE run club Wednesday nights at 6pm and Sunday mornings at 8:30am.

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Track North News - by Dick Moss


Results - Sharon Anderson & Guelph New Year's Opener
Saturday January 4th

The Laurentian women's indoor track team opened their season this weekend at the University of Toronto's Sharon Anderson Open and the Guelph New Year's Opener.

The Vees returned with five medals and 10 top-six performances. At the Sharon Anderson meet, senior Adrienne Wilson won the 1500m with a fast kick, while breaking the OUA qualifying standard by over 10 seconds. Also qualifying for the OUA's was Samantha Edwards, who placed 4th in the 1500m with a time of 4:53.95 and Ashley Huard, who placed 5th in the 60m with a time of 7.84.

Pentathlete Alicia Violin placed 2nd in the shot put and fourth in both the 60m hurdles and long jump. She, along with Ashley Huard, Samantha Edwards, Michelle Kennedy and Lyndsay Greasley set personal bests in their events.

Two Laurentian athletes also competed at the Guelph New Year's Opener. Jackie Bray and Dani Gorrell placed 1st and second in the triple jump, with leaps of 10.39m and 10.02m respectively. Bray also placed 7th in the long jump with a distance of 4.54m.

The Voyageurs' next meet is in two weeks at the Fred Foot Invitational at the University of Toronto.

Laurentian Results

Adrienne Wilson
1st, 1500m, 4:44.51 (OUA Standard)

Samantha Edwards
4th, 1500m, 4:53.95 (Indoor PB - OUA Standard)

Ashley Huard
5th, 60m, 7.86, 7.84 heats (PB- OUA Standard)

Alicia Violin
2nd, Shot Put, 7.85 (PB)
4th, 60m Hurdles, 10.06, 9.66 heats (PB)
4th, Long Jump, 4.77m

Michelle Kennedy
6th, 1500m, 5:01.09 (PB)

Lyndsay Greasley
3rd, 3000m, 11:16.73 (PB)

Jackie Bray
1st, Triple Jump, 10.39m
7th, Long Jump, 4.54m

Dani Gorrell
2nd, Triple Jump, 10.02m

Dick Moss, Head Coach
Laurentian XC/Track Team
c/o Coach Moss <pedigest@cyberbeach.net>
Web: http://laurentianxctrack.com
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